Miami Beach Police stop enforcing new law after rough arrests

Miami Beach police say they have stopped enforcing a new law that critics believe has emboldened officers to arrest bystanders using their phones to film police on duty.

The law, which made it a crime to stand within 20 feet of officers with the “intent to impede, provoke or harass” them, was passed in June and cited in a string of controversial arrests following a chase and take-down that led to five officers being charged with using excessive force.

The department announced that it had paused enforcement of the law on Thursday, the same day the Miami Herald reported on

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